Executive Director – ROWONTARIO


Posting Date: February 1, 2016


Application Deadline: March 1, 2017


Start Date: April 10, 2017


ROWONTARIO is seeking a demonstrated leader for the position of Executive Director to replace the incumbent who is moving to another provincial sport organization after a decade of success overseeing rowing in the province.


ROWONTARIO is the provincial sport governing body for rowing and a member of the national governing body Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).


The Position


The Executive Director is responsible for the effective management of the Association’s activities and resources and has overall responsibility for the implementation of the Association’s policies, planning, programming and fiscal management. Included in that is management and oversight of all activities in the Association’s Toronto office, playing a key role in financial management, working with more than 60 rowing clubs and associations across Ontario and representing the Association in dealings with members, Rowing Canada, other sport organizations, provincial and federal government officials, sponsors, suppliers, media and the general public.




Experience and Education


We are seeking someone with a minimum of five-to-seven years of work experience in sport administration or a related position and a post-secondary degree or diploma in Sport Management or Business Administration or the equivalent.


Knowledge and Skills


The successful applicant should possess strong financial management skills, and a demonstrated ability to lead and manage people effectively. He or she should have excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, intermediate level computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and WordPress and a knowledge of social media tools and strategies.



Key Tasks


  • Recruit, train, supervise, evaluate employees of the Association to fill positions and achieve organizational goals consistent with RowOntario’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Ensure implementation of appropriate financial practices to maintain operations within the annual budget and consistent with effective financial management practices.
  • Plan, coordinate and attend Board meetings, Standing Committee meetings and the AGM
  • Ensure compliance with effective human resources management practices and in keeping with approved existing RowOntario HR Policies and Procedures as set out in the HR Manual
  • Build and maintain positive and effective relationships with key partners at the provincial and national levels within rowing, the sport sector and with governments and NGOs.
  • Represent the Association through positive interaction with members, RCA, other sport organizations, governments, sponsors, suppliers, media and the general public.
  • Coordinate preparation of yearly funding submissions and reports for relevant Ministries of the Government of Ontario, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and other funding agencies with support of staff
  • Maintain knowledge of, and help shape, RCA programs and policies
  • Build relationships, trust and credibility with the Association’s members by visiting clubs, being easily accessible via phone and email and by participating in or attending rowing events.
  • Oversee the delivery of customized assistance to persons interested in starting a new rowing club; accomplished through site visits, needs assessment and provision of required documentation
  • Stay apprised of trends and news in sport in general and rowing in particular.


Other Requirements

Normal office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm but long hours at times will include evenings and weekends to meet the requirements of the position. The Executive Director is expected to travel regularly within Ontario, must hold a valid Ontario class G driver’s license and maintain ownership of a reliable vehicle.

If you meet these requirements and you are interested in contributing your expertise to one of Ontario’s leading sport organizations, please send a resume and statement of interest via e-mail to <hiring@rowontario.ca> by  5:00pm Eastern Time Wednesday March 1, 2017.

Executive Director Job Description